Tomochichi U.S. Courthouse, Savannah, GA

New Annex to Tomochichi U.S. Courthouse

In Fiscal Year 2016, Congress appropriated funding to build a new courthouse annex in Savannah, Georgia, as part of a larger effort to modernize the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse complex. The new 35,000 SF annex will allow the Judiciary to meet its current and long-term needs for security, accessibility and operational efficiency. Plans for the annex include a new bankruptcy courtroom and related chambers, as well as a new office for the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System and is designed to be located in Savannah’s National Historic District on U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) owned property, on a site between Barnard Street, West York Street, Whitaker Street and West State Street.

The design-build contract was awarded to the team of Hoar Construction/Page Southerland Page on September 29, 2017.

Throughout the design phase of the project, GSA remained committed to enhancing security and improving available workspace for courthouse employees while respecting the community’s interest in preserving Savannah’s historical charm. The team’s initial design concept of the Savannah Courthouse Annex featured a more modern design that would have transected President Street, thus impacting the community plan originally created by Savannah founder James Oglethorpe. After gathering public feedback and meeting with community stakeholders, GSA worked with its design team to develop the current design, which preserves President Street and keeps Oglethorpe’s plan intact. The updated design features a marble and brick facade that also better blends with the historic aesthetics of the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, as well as secure parking for Judiciary staff and visitors.

A revised design concept was presented to local stakeholders on May 8, 2018 for feedback. Following that meeting, the design was further refined, which was presented at a public scoping meeting in June 2018 at the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Construction is slated to conclude in the winter of 2020.

Tomochichi U.S. Courthouse Annex
Savannah, GA

A new 35,000 SF annex that will allow the Judiciary to meet its current and long-term needs for security, accessibility, and operational efficiency. As part of the design-build project, an existing government building and courtyard area were demolished prior to construction of the new development. Design was required to comply with multiple federal standards as well as City of Savannah requirements. The project was awarded LEED Gold and SITES Silver certifications. Because the new building occupies the full length of the property, creative solutions such as pervious pavers and a cistern were implemented to satisfy stormwater and water quality requirements. Approvals were obtained from City of Savannah, Savannah Historic Review Board, and the General Services Administration (GSA).